Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

Asia: Our Global Neighbours

In our global neighbourhood, what does it mean to be a good neighbour to those living in poverty? Our neighbours in Asia are facing another overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases, leaving children living in poverty in critical need of support.

In our neighbouring continent of Asia, Compassion partners with over 1,500 church partners across five countries to deliver our holistic child development program. More than 51,000 children and youth in Asia are supported through Compassion Australia.

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Oosamai, Thailand

The river connecting Thailand and Myanmar flows calmly between its banks. It’s the dry season, which means the corn harvest is almost over. For families like Oosamai’s, life is often divided between corn, rice and bean seasons. It was poverty which brought this family of five to live in Thailand.

Children suffer the greatest impact of poverty but are the least able to change their circumstances. Holistic development through child sponsorship can change this reality. With the support and care of Compassion’s local church partner, Oosamai’s family is settled and his sons are now attending school consistently, equipping them for a bright future.


Poverty is complex, and its causes are more than just a lack of income or material wealth. The Good Neighbour, a new docuseries created by Compassion Australia, explores the multidimensional reality of poverty and the impact of neighbourly care through stories from people around the world. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can watch the full episodes as they are launched.

Poverty Explored

Poverty Explored Part 1:
What is Poverty?

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Poverty Explored Part 2:
What is the Impact on Children?

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Poverty Explored Part 3:
How Does Compassion Help?

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